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Sennheiser HD 438

Sennheiser HD 438
alaScore 81

236 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 236 reviews of Sennheiser HD 438. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the design and price. The bass quality and comfort are also appreciated, but many are critical about the reliability and portability. Opinions are divided on the durability.

sound, comfort, bass quality, price, design

portability, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Sennheiser HD 438 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 236 reviews)

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sennheiser HD 438

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 438 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the price and design are overall positive. The bass quality and comfort are also mentioned favorably. Views are divided on the mids quality. There are some less positive comments about the portability and durability.

sound, comfort, bass quality, design, price

durability, portability

85% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD 438 High Quality Closed Back Stereo HeadphonesSennheiser HD 438 High Quality Closed Back Stereo Headphones

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sennheiser HD 438

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 77 user reviews of Sennheiser HD 438 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Comments about the durability and bass quality are generally positive. The comfort and price also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the noise isolation and reliability. There are some mixed opinions about the size.

sound, price, comfort, bass quality, durability

reliability, noise isolation

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sennheiser HD438 Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone with Enhanced Bass (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Sennheiser HD438 Closed Circumaural Hi-Fi Headphone with Enhanced Bass

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Digital Trends Staff (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

Popular manufacturer Sennheiser just unleashed a trio of cushy cans under its HD headphone line. Designed for lounging around the house or for use on the go, the HD 428 focuses on lower frequencies and powerful bass, while the top-of-the-line HD 448...

Snug ; comfortable fit; very good sound quality; has some noise-canceling qualities

Fragile build; ugly design; no volume controls or other frills

The Sennheiser HD 438 headphones aren't all that pretty, but certainly pack a punch.

Oct, 2009
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Expert review by: Good Gear Guide.au (goodgearguide.com.au)

These cheap Sennheiser headphones may be gaudy, but they're sturdy and sound decent

 

Sennheiser's HD 438 is a pair of sturdily built PC gaming headphones with good bass extension — useful for action gaming and some types of music. If you can get past the awkward headband and ugly ear-cups, these headphones are a good buy.

Reasonable build quality, good mid-bass extension

Gaudy ear-cup finish, slightly awkward design

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Campbell Simpson (goodgearguide.com.au)

Sennheiser HD 438 headphones

 

Sennheiser's HD 438 headphones are designed for listening to music and PC gaming. They're reasonably priced and sturdily built. Though they don't offe...

Reasonable build quality, good mid-bass extension

Gaudy ear-cup finish, slightly awkward design

Sennheiser's HD 438 is a pair of sturdily built PC gaming headphones with good bass extension — useful for action gaming and some types of music. If you can get past the awkward headband and ugly ear-cups, these headphones are a good buy.

May, 2009

Expert review by: Alexandra Savvides (cnet.com.au)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

The HD 438 just falls shy of a fully immersive audio experience, but these mid-range headphones are very comfortable for the home listener.

Incredibly comfortable ; Good treble and vocal response ; Different cable lengths included

No volume control on headphone lead ; Bass isn't as heavy or deep as stated on the box

The HD 438 comes with a two-year warranty and offer a pretty good listening experience for AU$149.95 as long as you don't expect heavy bass response.

Oct, 2009

Consumer review by: shadowspectr (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

If all your looking for is the quality of sound go for these. However they arent something youll be walking around with all day. The cord is also a bit heavy and long so you might have to hide it somewhere. Thats all i got to say.Pros: Wonderful sound...

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: Dizzi45Z (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

I am a recording engineer that is recording, mixing and mastering music daily. I also have two sets of high quality monitors (speakers in the recording world) in a great listening environment. These headphones are outstanding for just a $100 price tag....

Nov, 2007

Consumer review by: yzer (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

I have been a full-time radio broadcaster for 36 years and have used Sennheiser ‘phones for my entire career. Nobody uses headphones more carefully and takes better care of them I do. I've owned two sets of Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. On the...

Jul, 2007

Consumer review by: myproid (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

The performance is definitely worth the money! These WILL make you take a second look at your music collection. Songs you might have previously listened to, will certainly sound richer. The only downside is that these headphones don't fit comfortably...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: sgtdisturbed47 (digitaltrends.com)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

I have been using this pair of HD 280′s for almost 2 years, and let me tell you, once these break, get stolen, or get caught in a fire, I will replace them the same day. After a 3 month fight for the best headphones, I came across these beauties and...

Jul, 2006

Consumer review by: Architect (cnet.com.au)

Sennheiser HD 438

 

These headphones might look all shiny and cool and bling bling, but Senheiser LIE THROUGH THEIR TEETH on the delivery. The volume response is terrible (all of my tracks are boosted to twice the output), for me to listen comfortably i have to pump these...

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Product Specifications

For a styling cue that garnishes attention and flaunts power, you can never go wrong with the HD 438. These headphones come with an attractive housing design while their powerful neodymium magnets ensure an excellent bass performance.

Audio Input

Type: None

Audio Output

Connectivity Technology:Wired
Headphones Form Factor:Ear-cup
Headphones Type:Binaural
Product Type:Headphones
Response Bandwidth:17 - 22500Hz
Sound Output Mode:Stereo

Audio System

Recommended Use:Portable audio system
Type:Headphones

Dimensions & Weight

Weight:6.8oz

Header

Manufacturer:Sennheiser
Model:438
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sennheiser HD

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty